In normal times we’d currently be in the peak of Bali’s high season – endless events, crowded venues, lots of traffic… and tons of visitors. This year’s high season is anything but those things… but it has given us a chance to slow down, to explore Bali more and to meet tons of interesting people who also call this Island home.
We’ve long heard about Mick’s Place on Bingin Beach. It’s been a Bukit icon for 25 years and is normally booked out months in advance, it’s one of the few places in Bali we’d always wanted to stay but had never gotten a chance to! All of that changed two weeks ago when finally made our Bingin dreams come true and took a staycay at Mick’s Place.
There are some people that you meet and you just want to know more about their story… Mick… the man behind this famous place is certainly one of those people. A laid-back Bali loving Aussie surfer who has called Bali home for a quarter of a century.
Mick leased his land in Bingin at a time where there was nothing in this area. In fact, back then you couldn’t even reach this property by car and there was no such thing as any neighbours, there were no stairs to get you down to the beach, you just had to meander your way down the cliffside track. Fast forward to now and the area of Bingin is a bustling community of its own with many restaurants & shops and of course those amazing swells that attract surfers from all over the world. At the centre of all of this Mick’s Place has become an iconic Bali unique & boutique place to stay, with one of the most epic sunset views in all of Bali. This resort features 7 Polynesian influenced bungalows (including a stunning Honeymoon bungalow with a private pool…check out our gallery!), a cliffside infinity pool with 180-degree ocean views, a communal area where guest gather for morning coffees and sensational sunsets and a cliffside spa to enjoy your treatments to the sound of the waves.
As soon as we posted about Mick’s Place we had thousands of comments and messages about previous guests’ memories of staying here. It is definitely the kind of place that you won’t forget staying at, that you will leave with fond memories of, and like many…you may decide to return often.
We sat down with Mick and asked him some questions about life in Bali before and during the pandemic and when we can expect to get see his new venture Mick’s Place Rote Island to be open…
A holiday house on my yearly trips to Bali – I hadn’t actually even finished the first Bungalow when someone wanted to rent it…. and that’s how it started.
Friends and surfers
I had 1 bungalow to start with and with the money I received from rental I started building a second one. These original bungalows haven’t changed other than the interior, and are still being rented out today
Essentially the culture and the beautiful Balinese people haven’t changed a great deal but overdevelopment in some areas is not the way to attract sustainable tourism – which I believe is the future.
That would have to be my wife whom I met 23 years ago when she stayed here at Mick’s Place.
We still have Ketut and Made working here for 22 years now.
Some of our repeat guests know them from when they first started, which is really special.
Living on the property since the beginning and therefore being on call 24/7 can be a challenge but at the same time I have a good sense of how the business is operating and get to meet fantastic people daily.
In the early days it was every day and got spoiled by the lack of crowds. These days its whenever the waves look at their best and I try and work my way around the crowds. However, since starting the sport of hydro foiling I seem to be back in the water almost every day.
Our new resort on the beautiful Island of Rote was supposed to be open this year but we now hope to open mid to late 2021. Following Mick’s Place Bali’s model of simplicity by design in a spectacular location we are offering glamping style accommodation spread out over a large beach and cliff front property.